A new law to tackle repeat buglary offenders has come into force.
Announcing the move, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the new law means bail can be denied to repeat burglars.
It also means consecutive sentences can be given to those convicted of serial break-in offences.
New figures recently showed that seven out of 10 of the most serious crimes against property are going unsolved with non-detection rates in some Garda districts in excess of 80%.
They also show that only four out of the country’s 96 Garda districts solved more than half of all robberies, burglaries and theft in their area during 2015.